In the first summit meeting between North Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has committed to verifiable denuclearisation and in return Washington has stated American troops would no longed take part in mass war games held in South Korea.
British public broadcaster BBC reported on Tuesday, June 13, that the head of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, stated that he «reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula» and Trump added the North Korean leader had also agreed to dematerialisation being verified, but U.S. sanctions would remain in place.
In the press conference afterwards, however, Mr Trump added another announcement: the cancellation of the military exercises.
The U.S. keeps around 30,000 troops in South Korea and once a year it brings in others – typically from its Pacific base in Guam – to join large-scale drills with live fire.
North Korea sees the annual exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, but the government in Seoul maintains they are defensive in nature and now the U.S. President has evaluated that the drills were provocative.